Presentation Effectiveness

Every Day Should Be National Employee Appreciation Day

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March 6, 2018
Every Day Should Be National Employee Appreciation Day

Each first Friday in March is Employee Appreciation Day. While not all companies observe it, some reserve it as an official day on which to honor and celebrate their employees. Whether on the official day or any other, here are four reasons to show employees appreciation. Appreciation matters as much as money to some...
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Three Responses Worth Adopting to Show You’re Actively Listening

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September 22, 2017
Three Responses Worth Adopting to Show You’re Actively Listening

When it comes to listening, most people are only proficient at half of Merriam-Webster’s definition which is, “to hear what someone has said and understand that it is serious, important, or true.”  I know my colleagues and family members can hear me, however I often discover that they weren’t really listening after the conversation...
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How to Align Your Body Language for Success

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May 22, 2015
How to Align Your Body Language for Success

Did you know that your body language can help or hurt your level of success? Surprisingly, your voice inflection, facial expressions and body language comprise up to 90% of your message. Body language or nonverbal communication is extremely important in business given that humans produce over1: 700,000 signs 5,000 distinct hand gestures 250,000 facial...
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Five Ways to Conquer the Five Minute Attention Span

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April 24, 2015
Five Ways to Conquer the Five Minute Attention Span

The sheer preparation for a speech is stressful, let alone considering how to maintain the audience’s attention for the entire presentation. Millions of people fear public speaking more than anything else. Many cite the audience as the greatest source of angst—will they pay attention? Laugh if a mistake is made? A recent Fortune article...
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Three Keys to Capitalize on Confidence

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April 10, 2015
Three Keys to Capitalize on Confidence

Forbes article, 12 Things Truly Confident People Do Differently, cites the results of a recent study at the University of Melbourne where confident people went on to earn higher wages and get promoted faster than everyone else. The article lists activities such as exercising regularly; seeking out small victories and celebrating other people. Here are...
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Four Steps to a Fabulous First Impression

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March 20, 2015
Four Steps to a Fabulous First Impression

How true is the mantra, “You only get one chance to make a first impression?” According to a Science Daily study, first judgments of people are so strong they often trump even what is learned later on about those people and that “even fact will not change first impressions.” If you feel awkward or nervous...
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Unleash the Power of Persuasive Presentation

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February 18, 2015
Unleash the Power of Persuasive Presentation

Effective presentation skills are critical for knowledge transfer, lecturing, sales, teaching, training and even personal activities such as serving on the board of a homeowner’s association. The power of a presentation is the key differentiator between success and failure when persuading colleagues, inspiring a team and/or presenting an idea to stakeholders. If you’re unsure...
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Use Humor Wisely When Addressing an Audience

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August 9, 2014
Use Humor Wisely When Addressing an Audience

If you are one of those fortunately endowed individuals who have the rare gift of humor, by all means, cultivate it. You will be more welcomed wherever you speak. In his book, How to Develop Self Confidence & Influence People by Public Speaking, Dale Carnegie, writing about Chauncey M. Depew, said: “If you were...
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4 Components for Speaking Success

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July 5, 2014
4 Components for Speaking Success

Anyone who follows Dale Carnegie Training and its Core Principles knows about Mr. Dale Carnegie’s famous and most popular manuscript, How to Win Friends and Influence People. It is one of the best-selling books of all time. What many of us in Central Ohio do not realize is that “winning friends” is not the...
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The Necessity of Persistence in Public Speaking

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June 11, 2014
The Necessity of Persistence in Public Speaking

When we start to learn any new thing, we never advance steadily or improve gradually. We do it by sudden jerks, and by abrupt starts. Then we remain stationary for a time, or we may even slip back and lose some of the ground we have previously gained. These periods of stagnation, or retrogression,...
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